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Rumor: Tarpon caught in mass waters... Any truth?

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If the source is good, I'd believe it.

 

Already heard of one caught on the islands earlier this summer.

 

Water temperatures this summer have been about as high as they get for New England. Fourth warmest summer temps(J,J,A) in 120-140 years. Absolute warmest August on record: #1 in heat. Again, records going back 120-140 years.

 

In fact, we were out for tuna in the GOM earlier in August. SST in the Gulf of Maine on Aug 9th approached 76F that day. That's absurd.

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Granted that was a thin surface layer... and it was still 50° down at 120ft where the tuna were-- but seriously. That's major, major heat in an area directly blasted by the generally ice-cold (Labrador) W.M.C.Current.

 

Adult Bonito have pushed into CCB(very rare). Kings have been comfy for awhile off the south Cape- where SSTs hit 80 on a few afternoons, and have basically been 75+ for over a month. It's September 1st and the SSTs not too far off the south coast are 80°...Inshore SC it's mid-70s.

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The SST anomaly in the gulf of Maine is bananas right now. Off the charts silly. Folks...we're traditionally a *cold water* coastal area.

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We get one more ridiculous heat wave next week with temps in the 90s for 3 or 4 days. Wouldn't surprise me to see a few more weirdo species pop up any time in next week or 2. Though historically, many of the whackjob migrants showed up in deep summer, when nights are shortest and ability of the sun to boil the sea, highest

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35 mins ago, bdowning said:

I wanna snook....or a sailfish. :p

Hell, I'd be amped if I got into one of those sized crevalles (pic above) Anything that size(4lb) or bigger is a hoot on light tackle. A 10lber on a schoolie rod is one helluva fight. 15 is bonkers. 20 is **help**

Pound for pound they're up there with the best fish you can ever fight on a rod and reel.

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3 hours ago, rst3 said:

If the source is good, I'd believe it.

 

Already heard of one caught on the islands earlier this summer.

 

Water temperatures this summer have been about as high as they get for New England. Fourth warmest summer temps(J,J,A) in 120-140 years. Absolute warmest August on record: #1 in heat. Again, records going back 120-140 years.

 

In fact, we were out for tuna in the GOM earlier in August. SST in the Gulf of Maine on Aug 9th approached 76F that day. That's absurd.

Ssttuna.jpg.8f5adbdd0db89d1b956b1db9fdfff50a.jpg

Granted that was a thin surface layer... and it was still 50° down at 120ft where the tuna were-- but seriously. That's major, major heat in an area directly blasted by the generally ice-cold (Labrador) W.M.C.Current.

 

Adult Bonito have pushed into CCB(very rare). Kings have been comfy for awhile off the south Cape- where SSTs hit 80 on a few afternoons, and have basically been 75+ for over a month. It's September 1st and the SSTs not too far off the south coast are 80°...Inshore SC it's mid-70s.

20180901_025044.jpg.f0997b8b52285154faecee7ef7ea757e.jpg

 

The SST anomaly in the gulf of Maine is bananas right now. Off the charts silly. Folks...we're traditionally a *cold water* coastal area.

20180901_025517.jpg.36725f3bb15374b97679967205a06dae.jpg

 

We get one more ridiculous heat wave next week with temps in the 90s for 3 or 4 days. Wouldn't surprise me to see a few more weirdo species pop up any time in next week or 2. Though historically, many of the whackjob migrants showed up in deep summer, when nights are shortest and ability of the sun to boil the sea, highest

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Thanks for sharing:)

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Tarpon up here is pretty crazy. I know several years ago some quite large cobia were caught in RI in successive years. And a few red drum (redfish) have been caught occasionally in RI and CT in the past 6-7 years, also large.

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Talking to a diver at a Buzzards Bay location last week, said he had speared 2 amberjacks, previous day, approx 24 inch. The guy knew his fish, his description was spot on when I researched photos later.

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4 hours ago, bdowning said:

Tarpon up here is pretty crazy. I know several years ago some quite large cobia were caught in RI in successive years. And a few red drum (redfish) have been caught occasionally in RI and CT in the past 6-7 years, also large.

I'm going on around 50+ yrs with the Cape. Odd southern species have always shown up occasionally. I heard of rare incidental tarpon catches going way back.

 

But not like what I'm seeing now...the # of southern species, how many, and for how long of the season. There's zero doubt in my kind about that. Like I ever would've imagined anybody actually thinking about targeting king mackerel?  I would've said stop doin' so much acid, if anybody said that to me in the 1970's. 

 

 

 

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I think the news just spreads much faster and to so many more people nowadays. I can remember catching the occasional jack while fishing for snapper blues when I was 10 or so. Puffer fish, triggers, snowy grouper, etc. I’m 32 now. Nothing new. 

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